The Asus K46CM is an unusual notebook, at least in the way its positioned. It’s not an Ultrabook, but from a design and functionality standpoint, it almost is. Regardless of what it is, however, if you choose to delve more into this notebook, you will find a sultry surprise.
While Asus K46CM’s design is hardly anywhere near as slim their ZENBOOK Ultrabooks, this notebook is still very thin, 21mm in thickness, with a weight of about 2kg, this 14-inches is as portable as it gets. Most impressively, it still manages to fit an optical drive into chassis, along with a bevy of connectivity ports which include two USB 3.0, USB 2.0, a VGA and a HDMI port.
The Asus K46CM also looks very good as a fail safe combination of matte black and silver, and is solidly built. The screen does a decent job, managing good colors and sharpness, but the most points go to the notebook’s Sonic master audio system. Not only is it loud enough, it also has a great clarity and some solid bass.
It is not perfectly designed notebook, though. We certainly liked the keyboard layout and key spacing, but the keys themselves are rather soft, making typing feel unnatural and a little cumbersome. The trackpad may be sensitive and fast, but the buttons feel clunky and takes extra pressure to press.
Our unit of the Asus K46CM runs a 3rd generation Intel Core i3 processor(you can configure it up to an Intel Core i7), which combines with 2GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GT 635M for some decent performance chops. For simple computing and some semi-heavy work, the notebook runs perfectly fine. It actually has a HDD plus SSD setup, and using ASUS’s super Hybrid Engine II technology ,can actually instant on in a few seconds.
The battery life is on the so-so side. In playing video with Wi-Fi on, we managed 3 hours and 50 minutes of battery life.
The Asus K46CM is a great notebook, no doubt about it. The design itself is classy and slim, and despite a few flaws, rounds up nicely with a fantastic audio system. The performance itself is decent, and we certainly enjoyed the quick booting that it offers.
CPU : Intel Core i3-3217U
RAM : 2GB
OS : Windows 7 Home Premium(64-bit)
Display : 14-inch 16.:9 HD LED Backlight(1366 x 768)
Storage : 320 GB + 24GB SSD
Connectivity : Bluetooth, Wi-Fi